QB Coverage Recognition

Josh Herring Colbert Heights Wildcat Football Tuscumbia, Alabama

Basic Principles
Things to look for: 1. Number of safeties 2. Depth of cornerbacks 3. Alignment of corners and safeties 4. Eyes of the cornerbacks

Basic Principles
Number of safeties: If there is one deep safety, it is most likely Cover One or Cover Three If there are two deep safeties, the coverage is most likely Cover Two or Cover Four. If there are no deep safeties the coverage is most likely Cover Zero.

Basic Principles
Depth of cornerbacks: If the corners are 7 or more yards deep, it is most likely zone coverage. If the corners are less than 7 yards deep, it is most likely man coverage.

Basic Principles
Alignment of cornerbacks: If the corners are outside the receiver, it is most likely zone coverage. If the corners are head up or inside the receiver, it is most likely man coverage.

Basic Principles
Eyes of the cornerbacks: If the corner¶s eyes are looking at you, it is most likely zone coverage. If the corners eyes are on the receiver, it is most likely man coverage.

Cover Three
Both corners and the free safety are deep with zone underneath Weaknesses: ‡ Seams ‡ Flats ‡ Curl zone ‡free safety can¶t cover two men (97) Attack with: ‡ quick game ‡ Four Verticals (97) ‡ 94, 95, 96, out tag off 92

Cover 3

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Cover Two
Both corners low and usually outside playing the flats. Two wide safeties covering the deep halves. Zone underneath. Weaknesses: ‡ Deep outside ‡ Deep middle Attack with: ‡ 91 (especially COP tags), ‡ 92 (corner tag) ‡ 95 X Post, 95 Z post ‡ routes that attack Mike

Cover 2

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Cover Four
Two safeties who might be fairly shallow. Corners off but not very deep. Each DB has a ¼ of the field to cover. Weaknesses: ‡ Short passing game ‡ Digs and routes that attack the Mike hurt it ‡ Play-action Attack with: ‡ Sticks ‡ Double Slants ‡ 92 (Post), 93, 94, 97 Digs, Pyramids

Cover 4

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Cover One
One deep safety. Corners are usually at less than 7 yards with inside or head up alignment. Expect blitz. Weaknesses: ‡ Picks and rubs ‡ matchups ‡ double moves (COP) Attack with: ‡ 90 and 92 ( All Meshes and Shallows) ‡ deep routes (91,97s, Dig tags) ‡ squeezed routes with twists and rubs

Cover 1

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Cover Zero
No deep Safety. Man on all receivers. Definite blitz situation. Get rid of the ball quick. Expect a touchdown. Weaknesses: ‡ Picks and rubs ‡ matchups ‡ double moves (COP) Attack with: ‡ 90 and 92 ( All Meshes and Shallows) ‡ deep routes (91,97s, Post tags) ‡ Posts

Cover Zero

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